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Review of 33 South Boutique Backpackers

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33 South Boutique Backpackers
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Switzerland
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place away from home :-)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

33 South Backpackers is a small but very friendly and familar hostel. As soon as I stepped in the door, I felt welcomed and like a part of the big family. The staff is always willing to help you out with travel tips or even takes you on a free walk around Obz. The backpackers is very clean and well maintained. The beds are wonderful with very comfortable matrasses and there are lockers in the dorms where you can keep your stuff safe (better put it there). Even every dorm is secured with a lock system on the door.

The neighboorhood of Observatory is a great and safe place to stay. You have lots of bars, coffees or shops around. Going downtown only takes you around 20 minutes by one of the lokal minibuses - a great ride.

Great place to stay and always fun!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lu E
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Helsinki, Finland
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

The dorm room and the beds were large, at least in the dorm where I stayed at. The doors to the dorms also had a lock system. The bathrooms were clean and the kitchen was ok, though quite many guests didnt seem to care about cleaning their dishes.

What I missed in the hostel was a familly feeling and there was no living room to hang out. There is a terrace but people didn't seem to spend much time there. If you need just a place to sleep, then 33 South boutique backpackers is ok, but I wouldnt like to stay longer. It was just another hostel.

Room Tip: There is one dorm just for girls!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Indicanne
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Japan
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70 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Stayed here for 8 days during our stay in Cape Town and were really happy with the experience. The staff in particular is very friendly and made you feel welcome. Standouts were Warren, Bones, Arthur, and Flo. We were warmly welcomed upon arrival promptly invited out to watch a sports game at a local bar. We declined due to fatigue of traveling all day, but the hospitality was most welcome. We had a 6-bed dorm which was nicely decorated. Beds and linen were super comfortable and clean. Rooms each had personal lockers to store valuables. Three external bathrooms that were kept clean. The place is quite popular and has a very social atmosphere, but could get noisy at times, lasting up until midnight and sometimes beyond, so keep that in mind if you go to bed early. There are also a lot of former guests and friends of hostel employees who are constantly in an out, which could feel a bit strange with a bunch of random people around all the time. There is a bell out front that you have to ring to get both in and out of the property, which is a good idea as the duty manager (desk is manned 24 hrs a day) had to ring you in, so it's still relatively safe. There is a bar on site that is staffed occasionally, and a stocked kitchen that was free to use and not very busy, since most people opt to eat at all the cheap restaurants available in Observatory, so it was great for self-caterers. They were meant to have a hostel-wide brai on Friday night, but it got canceled, which would have been really fun. They had a basic breakfast of muffins and toast, but for muffins you had to be a relatively early riser to get one. During the winter months the hostel is offering specials, which we were able to take advantage of, even though they technically hadn't started yet--there was some miscommunication but in the end they were able to sort it out and we were able to take a trip to Kalk Bay and got a Surf Lesson, which was really fun. All in all the hostel had a really social feel to it, there was always something going on, and everyone was friendly. It's in a great location being in the student part of town, but just a short train ride to Cape Town center. Cape Town in general is pretty expensive for accommodation, but I found 33 South to be great value for the price. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KrisLizzy03
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Alexandria, Kentucky
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93 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

We stayed here for two nights last month and thought the staff were all very friendly and the hostel itself was very nice - but the breakfast was majorly lacking and I couldn't get a decent internet connection! We would have stayed longer, but switched hostels for one with drip coffee (after you've been traveling for as long as we have, this becomes very important) and a wider breakfast selection as well as internet that worked! Again, we're really appreciative of our stay, and wish this place the best- so get your breakfast and internet together so future guests have zero complaints!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank thiskentuckygirl
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

I stayed here in December. Kim and her entire crew make you feel like your at home.
The rooms are squeeky clean, new, fresh, and its located in the best part of Cape Town... bohemian Obs.
You would be crazy not to stay here when visiting CT.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Innsbruck, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

This hostel is filled with so much love, fun and harmony. The staff is perfectly helpful, friendly and you feel like being at home. There's a very close relationship between the people staying there and the staff. You can find new friends, getting tipps for travel or they suggest you a guided tour which range from everything you can imagine, e.g. tours to the garden route, paragliding, shark diving, wine tour, visiting the cape point, surfing, etc. They offer muffins and toast as free breakfast; the place is very clean and quite; and they even have their own bar which offers live music once a week.
It is located in Observatory which is a 10 - 15 minutes ride by car away from the centre, but it's worth hanging around there.
We loved it and just can recommend it to the rest of the world!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mimi_3003
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

There is playing a live band every week at their Gipsy Bar. Such a nice and open minded staff - you are feeling like being part of the family!!!

I will definitely recommend this place to all of my friends!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank esther0206
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Additional Information about 33 South Boutique Backpackers

Property: 33 South Boutique Backpackers
Address: 48 Trill Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — 33 South Boutique Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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